Drinking Studies Network

The Drinking Studies Network is an interdisciplinary and international research group that connects scholars working on drink and drinking culture across different societies and time periods.

Founded in 2010 – initially as the Warwick Drinking Studies Network – we have since grown to have over 250 members (Network Members)  from around the world. We act as a point of contact for anyone with an interest in the role of alcohol in any society, past or present, and we provide our members with news and updates about significant events in the field of drinking studies via our mailing list and twitter account. We also routinely organise our own events (Past Events and Future Events) and publications (Publications). In 2015, we introduced a number of ‘Research Clusters’ within the network, designed to bring together members with similar interests to organise events together and to foster collaborative research projects (Research Clusters).

The majority of our members are academics – with historians and social scientists particularly well represented – but we are a proudly interdisciplinary and open network, and welcome members from any scholarly discipline. We also welcome independent scholars, postgraduates, individuals associated with non-academic institutions, beer bloggers, journalists, public health workers, publicans – indeed anybody with a serious interest in understanding the role played by alcohol in societies past and/or present.

If you would like to join the network, please email drinkingstudies@gmail.com

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Dr Mark Hailwood
 is a Lecturer in History 1400-1700 at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England and co-convenor of the Drinking Studies Network.


Toner thumbnialDr Deborah Toner is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Leicester. She is the author of Alcohol and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Mexico and co-convenor of the Drinking Studies Network.


s200_pam.lockPam Lock is a PhD student in English at the University of Bristol. She is working on ‘The Socio-cultural Connotations of Alcohol in Victorian Fiction’ and is the communications officer of the Drinking Studies Network.


Laura_photoLaura Fenton is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Manchester. She is working on ‘Women and Alcohol in Postwar and Contemporary Britain: a Multi-generational Study of Women’s Drinking Biographies’ and is the social media officer of the Drinking Studies Network.